Landscaping Rules for Success
Some yards offer a perfect sanctuary, not to mention they impress the neighbors. Attractive landscaping can help you create your best outdoor space, whether you want to host regular backyard barbecues, pluck tasty tidbits from your herb garden or just want to admire your cute-as-a button flowers.
Choosing the right elements can help you achieve the look you want, plus attain a level of maintenance that works for your lifestyle. Green thumb veteran or newbie, here are a few tips to help you get started:
Make a plan.
Are you adding pavers, a flowerbed or a whole new outdoor kitchen? Consider sketching out what you want and putting placeholders in your yard to see how it will all fit. Landscaping apps make it easy to get started.
Look at your plant placement. There should be enough space for foliage to breathe and for the roots to get enough nutrients. Saplings can become mature trees before you know it, so consider how close to the house you place them. Trees with large boughs can damage roofs if they scrape the shingles.
Evaluate the sun exposure. The amount of sun affects plants, so ensure you place shade-lovers and full sun growers in the right spots.
Avoid sharp curves and angles. These make mowing more difficult and require the use of a trimmer.
Seek professional advice, if needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for expert help if you think you are not plant-savvy enough to create a satisfying result.
Pick the right plants.
You’ll want plants that have the right aesthetic for your home and can thrive in the Texas heat.
Grass. During water-challenged Lone Star State summers, you don’t want a lush green grass that requires incredible amounts of watering. Consider a Bermuda, Zoysia or buffalo grass.
Flowers. Many ornamental plants don’t fare well in hotter weather, but others are super stars. Excellent choices for Texas yards are several types of columbine, firebush, plumbago, rock rose, several sage varieties, lantana, pentas, verbena and the shrimp plant.
Xeriscape. In recent years, many homeowners have opted for xeriscaping their yards. Extremely low maintenance, xeriscaping does not use grass, but includes native, heat-tolerant plants and ground cover, along with rocks, paving stones and other natural elements.
Treat your landscaping kindly.
To keep your yard healthy year after year, be proactive. Seed and aerate your lawn at least once a year, preferably in the spring. If you use your lawn for entertaining or play backyard sports, consider repeating the process in the fall. Fertilize, water regularly within parameters and mow with sharp blades to keep your lawn in tip-top shape.
Keep things outside organized.
Protect hoses and gardening tools from damage by putting them back in their proper storage areas. Don’t leave fertilizer where children or pets can come in contact with them.
Know your maintenance limits.
Be realistic about your mowing and maintenance expectations. If you’re too busy, don’t have a passion for plants or prefer not to work at preserving a pristine lawn, consider perennial plants that grow back year after year and a professional who can sustain your yard.
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